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    Improve don’t move finding easy ways to add space and value

    Loft ConversionIf you are anything like me I am always looking at ways to improve the home I live in. For me my home is my sanctuary and the biggest investment I will ever make. By keeping your home up together you are investing in its value for that time you do want to move up or down the ladder. Some good ways of adding real financial value within you home (permitting the space is available) is

    Loft conversion – Great way for using wasted space and with growing families an ideal and cheaper way of adding much needed bedroom space, plus in most instances you can squeeze and much needed additional bathroom. A loft with roof lights is the cheaper option expect to pay £1,050 to £1,250 per m2. Dormers will give you more head room if you are short on height and again cost anything from £1,150 to £1350 per m2. If it’s a straight forward conversions planning can come under Permitted Development Rights however you builder will be able to advice you should you want to investigate more.

    Convert your garage – OK hands up who uses their garage as a dumping ground  – yes I thought so and that also includes me. If you are short of living space this can be a great way of utilising again dead space and a cheaper way than doing a loft conversion. Do bear in mind that if you use the space for your off road parking spot it could damage the value of your property if parking the car became an issue.  Most garage conversions are used as additional kitchen/diner space, playroom/den for children or in some cases an additional bedroom. Again planning if the footprint remains the same won’t have to be issued and as long as it comply with Building Regs you should be OK, however don’t take each garage conversation as the norm as each conversation varies and advice must be taken.

    Add a small extension – If you are lucky to have room either behind or on the side consider an extension to maximize your living space and often as a better connection with the garden especially if you can add bi – fold doors and open it up so the garden and  room becomes one. You should expect to pay anything from £1500 per  m2 meaning a price for a 4x5m extension would be around £30,000, it would provide a healthy return on your property value providing its done right and the space works well.

     If you are looking at getting a quote for any major renovations on your home then do give me a call and I would be more than happy to talk you through it and point you in the right direction of rated builders in Bristol.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alison Wilmot

    Find Me A Tradesperson

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